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Backstreet Boys Accept 'NSYNC's Hoops Challenge ... We'll Take You 2-on-5!

4/14/2018 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The boy band basketball turf war just got REAL -- with Brian Littrell telling Joey Fatone that Backstreet will straight DOMINATE 'NSYNC on the hardwood.

And get this -- Brian says it'll only take 2 of the Boys to hoop up 'NSYNC's entire roster!

"They’ll lose, plain and simple," Littrell told TMZ Sports at LAX. "You can take myself and Nick against all 5 of those dudes and we’ll be cool."

Brian ain't playing -- telling us he's got a court at home to keep his game tight.

So, if Joey, JT and co. really want it like Fatone said, Littrell's down ... and says he wants 10 racks on it!! 

"When we win, I’ll donate my $10,000 that I have on the game to charity. Joey can pick it."

GAME ON.  

Lance Bass & Hubby Michael Turchin Picking the Sperm to Make Our Baby ... is All Fun and Games!!!

4/3/2018 6:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lance Bass and hubby Michael Turchin are in the super early baby planning stages ... so early, in fact, how they'll decide whose sperm to use to make the baby's a competition.

We got Lance and Michael at LAX Monday and our guy wanted to talk babies even though Lance was pretty hoarse. Didn't matter ... they still shared some deets on having a baby hopefully in 2018.

The couple's exploring the surrogacy route, but thing is ... it appears they haven't figured out whose sperm they'll use. Lance has the chops and Michael's easy on the eyes ... so how will they decide?!

Watch.

Joey Fatone 'NSYNC Would Kill Backstreet Boys ... In Basketball

3/20/2018 6:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The boy band era is over, but the smack talk remains -- because Joey Fatone is telling the world if his crew ever had to face the Backstreet Boys in hoops, they'd make them go "Bye Bye Bye."

We got Fatone out in Beverly Hills and showed him footage of his ex-bandmate Justin Timberlake  draining half-court shots, and asked him if JT really has the goods on the court.

Fatone said yes, but things got really spicy when we asked whether or not the rest of 'NSYNC could ball. More specifically, if they could take out the Backstreet Boys in hoop-life warfare.

"There's no think so. You tell that to Nick Carter."

Challenge issued.

BTW, we found some footage of the two crews playing back in the day. It ain't exactly Lakers versus Celtics ...

Lance Bass 'NSYNC Is Reuniting Soon (This I Promise You)

2/6/2018 6:58 AM PST

'NSYNC was a no-go during Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Halftime Show, but the guys will be getting back together soon, according to Lance Bass.

We got Lance leaving Craig's Monday night with husband Michael Turchin where he confirmed the boy band would reunite for their Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. Rumors they'd be getting a star on the Walk of Fame surfaced last year, so it appears it's really happening ... no word yet if they'll perform.

As for being shut out of the Halftime Show, doesn't sound like Lance is harboring any ill feelings at JT about it. 

Justin Timberlake Good Genes or Good Docs?

2/4/2018 12:40 AM PST

Justin Timberlake's good looks are full-time!

Here's a 18-year-old version of the 'NSYNC standout rocking curly locks back in 1999 (left) and 19 years later ... the Super Bowl LII halftime hunk -- who just celebrated his 37th birthday -- doing a Press Conference in Minneapolis earlier this week (right).

Man of the Woods. 

The question is ...

Joey Fatone Bets TMZ $1,000 I'm Not Doing Super Bowl Halftime!!!

2/2/2018 6:19 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Joey Fatone is so dead serious Justin Timberlake is NOT reuniting 'NSYNC during the Super Bowl halftime show, he bet our photog $1,000!!!

And the best part ... the bet was made IN MINNESOTA ... just a few miles from the site of the big game! 

JT and Joey have been denying it for months, but rumors are swirling and our photog is clearly convinced Justin's getting the band back together on Sunday. 

So, when Joey called our guy out Thursday night -- our guy put his money where his mouth is.

Better hope Lance, Chris and JC hop on a flight quick ... 

Justin Timberlake 'NSYNC Super Bowl Reunion Buzz It's Building, But ...

2/1/2018 2:52 PM PST
Exclusive Details

Justin Timberlake is saying one thing, but his fans' eyes around Minneapolis are saying there's evidence an 'NSYNC reunion could be going down during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Here's what we know: JT flatout told reporters at Thursday's news conference in Minneapolis, "No" ... his old group is NOT getting back together. However, multiple people claiming to be in Minneapolis say they've seen all the 'NSYNC members, minus Justin, in the downtown area.

Before ya get too excited, here's some more info: Lance Bass was posting pics of himself skiing Wednesday in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Joey Fatone was spotted late Wednesday night in Orlando signing autographs for some fans.

However, there's the miracle of air travel! Joey's publicist and manager tell us the singer IS now in Minnesota -- but they say he's just doing appearances at Super Bowl events. We know ... halftime would seem to fall under that umbrella.

On the other hand, Joey was in L.A. last week and told us, point-blank, the reunion ain't happening.

Believe him?

As for Lance -- his manager says he's back home in L.A. The only missing links are Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez.

Final tally: 2 members in Minneapolis, 1 in L.A., 2 locations unknown.

Justin Timberlake 'NSYNC Split is Personal Now ... 'I Cared About The Music'

2/8/2017 9:17 AM PST

Justin Timberlake is taking a very personal jab at his former pals in 'NSYNC ... claiming he just cared more about the band's musical image than they did.

Justin says he left the group partially because it was just getting too big ... but also because of some serious creative differences. As he puts it, "I was growing out of it. I felt like I cared more about the music than some of the other people in the group."

In his interview with The Hollywood Reporter he didn't single out Joey, Lance, Chris or JC ... but it's clear he thinks at least one of them just wasn't doing his part.

Well, so much for a 20-year reunion tour.

Backstreet Boys & 'NSYNC McLean & Fatone Duet for 40th Bday ... What Rivalry??!!

1/30/2017 2:36 PM PST
Exclusive Video

If A.J. McLean and Joey Fatone can wave the boy band white flag and come together onstage ... then maybe there's hope for America too.

The awesome duet went down Saturday night during Joey's 40th birthday bash at Ora nightclub in Miami. The former pop rivals decided to serenade the crowd with the Backstreet Boys hit, "I Want It That Way."

You'd think they'd do an 'NSYNC tune ... it was Joey's night after all, but the crowd ate it up, anyway.

If BsB ever needs a fill-in baritone, holla at Fatone! He's available.

Lou Pearlman 'NSYNC, Backstreet Boys Mastermind Dead at 62

8/20/2016 7:10 PM PDT
Breaking News

Lou Pearlman, the record producer/manager who launched huge boy bands including 'NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, has died in prison.

Pearlman faced a slew of lawsuit by members of the 2 famous groups, claiming he screwed them out of their cash by collecting money for both producing and managing.  

He became obsessed in the 80's with the enormous success of New Kids on the Block, and launched his own record company.  He conducted a $3 million talent search and found 5 unknowns to form a band -- Nick Carter, A.J. McClean, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough.  The Backstreet Boys went on to become the best selling boy band of all time, selling 130 million records.

His encore was enormous as well ... 'NSync sold 55 million records and launched the careers of Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick.

Pearlman got in a heap of legal trouble in 2008 ... he was convicted of one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history, swindling 1,700 people out of half-a-billion bucks.

He was serving a 25-year-sentence.

Lance Bass tweeted, "He might not have been a stand-up businessman, but I wouldn't be doing what I love today without his influence.  RIP Lou."

Cause of death is unknown. 

'NSYNC Timberlake and Crew Celebrate JC's 40th

8/9/2016 6:29 AM PDT

There was an 'NSYNC reunion Monday night, and Justin Timberlake performed with the group -- sort of.

Justin, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick sang "Happy Birthday" to JC, who turned 40.

Timberlake was surly as he left The Nice Guy, telling the paparazzi to "shut the f*** up." Joey, on the other hand, was friendly and hilarious ... and clearly somewhat intoxicated. 

Lance Bass, Joey Fatone They Want It That Way

4/15/2016 10:26 AM PDT

Lance Bass and Joey Fatone jumped ship for a night ... doing a more than respectable rendition of a Backstreet Boys song.

Lance is the featured performer on a Caribbean cruise. With Joey in tow they hosted some karaoke and broke into "I Want It That Way."

So they jumped ship ... on ship. 

A.J. McLean Ryan Gosling Had Better Chops ... Than Justin Timberlake!

3/25/2016 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

As if Ryan Gosling doesn't have enough going for him -- he's also a better singer than Justin Timberlake ... at least that's what A.J. McLean thinks. 

The Backstreet Boys singer gave us some insider boy band 411 about the rumor Gosling auditioned for a spot in 'N Sync. You gotta hear his comparison of the Mickey Mouse Club alums ... 'cause it's straight up blasphemy, if you're a JT fan.

Also interesting, his memory of a bromantic experience -- watching girl on girl porn with the rest of his BSB group mates ... 'cause they wanted it that way.

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